Harry ducked out of the Gryffindor common room hand in hand with
Ginny, his heart racing. He glanced around and led her around a corner.
what…?” she asked, but was cut off by Harry placing a finger over his
lips. Checking to make sure nobody was watching, he pulled out his
Invisibility Cloak and quickly swung it around them.
“An Invisibility Cloak?” she whispered. Harry nodded as he brought out the Marauder’s Map.
“That explains a lot,” she commented quietly. “What’s that?”
Harry tapped the map and said, “I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good.”
watched as Ginny’s eyes lit up. It was obvious to him that she had seen
it before. Her surprise was followed by a large grin. She put her arm
around his waist, and he put his arm around hers, and they walked off
together to find a quiet spot.
“You’re shaking,” Harry said as he realized she was.
Ginny stopped and turned towards him. “Kiss me again.”
Harry stopped quickly. “Right now?”
“Yes Harry, right now, quickly…”
didn’t resist; instead, he honored her request the best he could. They
were far enough along the corridors that they ran little risk of being
discovered. Their kiss lingered for several moments, and Harry lost
himself in it. Finally she came up for air and hugged into him tightly.
“Are you okay?” Harry asked, just a bit concerned.
Ginny nodded into his chest. “I just had to make sure it was real.”
Harry smiled. “I know what you mean.”
pulled back and looked into his eyes. “I knew when I saw you when you
caught me and Dean kissing. I could see it in your eyes.”
Harry quickly pushed the memory of Dean out of his mind. “What did you see?”
Ginny explained simply. “After denying it for so long, it occurred to
me that you might finally be interested in me.”
Harry blushed. “Was I that obvious?”
Ginny nodded. “Yes, you were. After that, things just weren’t the same with Dean.”
“You should have seen his reaction a few minutes ago,” Harry said glumly.
“I heard him break his glass,” Ginny revealed. “I didn’t have the heart to look at him.”
“I’m sorry,” Harry said automatically.
Ginny smiled as she cradled Harry’s jaw in her hand, then ran her hand slowly through his hair. “Why are you apologizing?”
Harry swallowed. “Well… I mean, it’s sort of my fault that you broke up with him.”
Ginny chuckled. “Yes, I supposed in a way it is.”
hung his head, but Ginny cradled his jaw again and brought it back up.
“You prat, I broke up with him, not the other way around, remember?”
Harry smiled and chuckled a bit.
Ginny brought her other hand up to his other cheek. “I had no idea you cared about me so much.”
always cared about you, Ginny,” Harry admitted. “It’s just that… I felt
a little guilty being attracted to Ron’s sister, that’s all. He’s been
my best friend since I started at Hogwarts, and I didn’t know what it
would do to our friendship if I suddenly started flirting with you. Not
to mention that I’ve been a little occupied this year and the fact that
Hermione told me you were over me.”
Ginny rolled her eyes. “Yeah, I did tell her that, didn’t I?”
“And then Cho happened and I was convinced I was hopeless with girls, and then this year… well, you already figured that out.”
Ginny giggled. A noise from down the hall where they came startled them.
“Let’s get out of here,” Harry said quietly.
quickly and quietly as he could, Harry led Ginny through the halls of
Hogwarts to a secret passage which led them to the astronomy tower
staircase. They hurried up and once they were on the top terrace,
closed the door quietly behind him. Confident of their privacy, Harry
pulled the Invisibility Cloak off and put it back in its pocket in his
No sooner had he stashed his cloak then Ginny
put her arms around Harry’s neck. Instinctively, Harry put his arms
around her waist and, realizing what he was doing, blushed sheepishly.
“Anything wrong, Harry?” Ginny asked sweetly.
“Erm, no, it’s just that… Well, I’ve never been alone with a girl like this before.”
Ginny smirked. “You were alone with Cho.”
shook his head. “That was different. She was crying about Cedric. I
wasn’t comfortable with her at all. Being here, it’s like something
I’ve wanted is finally happening, and now that I’m here, I’m so
Harry didn’t get a chance to finish. Ginny had
pressed her lips against his, cutting him off before he could finish
what he was saying. It was as if Ginny, now assured of privacy, was
letting years of suppressed feelings go and focusing them into the
kiss. Harry’s heart pounded quickly and heavily. The girl he had been
fantasizing about all year was kissing him more passionately than he
could have imagined. If it weren’t for the cool night air whispering in
his ears, he would have thought he was dreaming.
let up. She pulled back and opened her eyes revealing an expression
Harry had never seen on a girl before. Slowly she recovered enough to
smile. Harry’s stomach was full of butterflies now and his legs felt
“I think I need to sit down,” he said breathlessly.
“Good idea,” Ginny agreed.
sat on the bench next to the outer wall of the terrace, giving him a
great view of the grounds. Ginny sat on his lap, much to his surprise
and his pleasure. Once comfortable she put her arms around his neck
“There’s something I want to know, Harry,” she said in a more serious tone.
“Why did you kiss me in the common room just now?”
Harry looked out onto the grounds as he thought about his answer. “Because I wanted to.”
“But, you could have kissed me any number of times. Why tonight?”
Harry shrugged as he turned to look at her. “I guess I was just waiting for the right moment.”
Ginny looked like she was waiting for him to say something else. “Is that all?”
took a deep breath. “I don’t know, I mean, I’ve had these… feelings,
lately, when you’re around, and I’d really never had the courage to do
anything about it. Then there I was, coming into the common room, and
everyone was celebrating, and I was so overjoyed that we’d won the Cup!
And then… I saw you walking towards me…”
“Yeah…” Ginny encouraged. “Go on…”
swallowed. “And I looked into your eyes as you approached, and I knew,
right then I knew I was going to kiss you. It didn’t matter who saw us
or what anyone thought. I didn’t care just then. It felt right, and I
honestly believed when I saw your face that it’s what you wanted too. I
mean, I had been getting some interesting signals from you lately, like
when you argued with Hermione and defending me, but right then… it felt
like the perfect time.”
Ginny was sporting a broad smile by
the time Harry finished. The moment he was done she hugged in and
snuggled into his neck. “You were right, Harry, I wanted to. Ever since
I caught that look in your eye I’ve wanted too. I found myself watching
you trying to detect any hint that you were really interested in me.
When I saw you come in and saw the look in your eye, I couldn’t help
myself; I just got up and started towards you. I had planned on looking
for a sign, but I honestly never dreamed you would just up and kiss me.”
Harry grinned. “I surprised myself.”
Ginny sat up to look Harry in the eye. “I hope this means we’re going out.”
Harry smiled and blushed, then nodded. “So it’s official then?”
Ginny didn’t answer. Instead, she just snuggled back into his neck.
“I’m going out with Harry Potter,” she said softly.
“And I’m going out with Ginny Weasley,” Harry retorted. “The Ginny Weasley.”
Just then, Ginny kissed his neck, and every hair on Harry’s body stood on end, causing him to shudder. Ginny noticed.
“Are you okay?” she asked.
Harry nodded slowly. “I’ve never had a girl kiss me on the neck before.”
Ginny giggled. “I had assumed you and Cho had snogged once or twice.”
“No.” Harry said simply as he noticed the sensation of goosebumps on his skin.
“No?” Ginny asked in disbelief.
Harry shook his head. “She just kissed me the one time after the D.A. meeting. We were never really going out. Not even close.”
Ginny leaned back with a look of utter shock on her face. Slowly she blushed and got a sly grin on her face.
“This is going to be fun,” she said wickedly.
“What’s that?” Harry asked nervously.
Ginny repositioned her hands around his neck, her nose right in front of his, her eyes peering into his.